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UCLA Children's Book Collection


Children's literature emerged as a distinct and independent genre only a little more than two centuries ago. Prior to the mid-eighteenth century, books were rarely created specifically for children, and children's reading was generally confined to literature intended for their education and moral edification rather than for their amusement. Religious works, grammar books, and "courtesy books" (which offered instruction on proper behavior) were virtually the only early books directed at children. In these books illustration played a relatively minor role, usually consisting of small woodcut vignettes or engraved frontispieces created by anonymous illustrators.
New attitudes toward children and their education began to develop in the late seventeenth century, when many educators appealed for greater consideration of children's distinctive needs and when the notion of pleasure in learning was becoming more widely accepted. By the early eighteenth century interest in children's literature (and a rise in literacy) led to new markets and a flourishing of new publishers, particularly in England. Innovations in typography and printing allowed greater freedom in reproducing art through engraving, woodcut, etching, and aquatint, although illustrators were still largely anonymous and illustrations confined to frontispieces.

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Topics & Subjects
560
Conduct of life
184
Children's stories
131
Children -- Conduct of life
109
Christian life
92
Children's poetry
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Birds
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abbott, jacob, 1803-1879
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hughs, mrs. (mary)
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day, thomas, 1748-1789
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johnson, r. (richard), 1733 or 4-1793
17
goodrich, samuel g. (samuel griswold), 1793-1860
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may, sophie, 1833-1906
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Tree calf over boards with printed red labels on spines
Topics: Conduct of life, Children's stories, English
California Digital Library
by Very, Lydia L. A. (Lydia Louisa Anna), 1823-1901; Grimm, Jacob, 1785-1863
texts
eye 4,050
favorite 14
comment 0
Topic: Folklore -- Germany
Imperfect copy: p. 45-46 wanting
Topic: Girls -- Conduct of life
California Digital Library
texts
eye 4,007
favorite 2
comment 0
Special Collections copy 1 = Green cloth over boards blocked in black, gold, and blind. Ex libris C.K. Odgen. Inscription in ink, dated Christmas 1877, on verso of frontispiece
Topics: Horses, Horses -- Legends and stories
Mottled calf over boards; in case
Topics: Fables, Folklore, Animals
The history of A apple pie -- Miss Pussycat's tea party -- This little pig went to market -- Nursery rhymes -- The three bears -- Little Red Riding-Hood
Publisher's printed tan stiff wrappers; wood-engraved vignette on upper wrapper; publisher's advertisement on lower wrapper
Topics: Arabs, Tales -- Arab countries, Fairy tales -- Arab countries
California Digital Library
texts
eye 3,914
favorite 13
comment 0
Brown cloth over boards blocked in gold and blind
Topics: Children's poetry, Nursery rhymes
California Digital Library
by Weir, Harrison, 1824-1906
texts
eye 3,911
favorite 4
comment 0
John McLoughlin publisher's yellow printed wrappers; vignette on upper wrapper is hand-colored; publisher's advertisement on lower wrapper
Topics: Foxes, Geese, Conduct of life
Disbound. Remnant of brown leather spine, tooled in gold, and red leather spine label
Topic: Children's stories
California Digital Library
texts
eye 3,876
favorite 6
comment 0
Publisher's color illustrated wrappers
Topics: Animal welfare, Dogs, Kindness
California Digital Library
by Harvey, William, 1796-1866
texts
eye 3,864
favorite 4
comment 0
Osborne Coll.
Topic: Inheritance and succession
Armorial bookplate of John Ludford
Topic: Conduct of life
California Digital Library
by Corner, John
texts
eye 3,676
favorite 10
comment 1
Ali Baba, or, The forty thieves -- The babes in the woods -- Cinderella, or, The little glass-slipper -- Jack and the bean-stalk -- Jack the giant-killer -- Little red riding-hood -- Puss in boots -- Robin Hood -- The three bears -- Tom Thumb -- Whittington and his cat
favoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topic: Fairy tales
Tree calf over boards with printed red labels on spines
Topics: Conduct of life, Children's stories, English
Shaw & Shoemaker
California Digital Library
by Cogger, Edward P
texts
eye 3,634
favorite 18
comment 0
Publisher's yellow wrappers, printed in red and black; publisher's advertisement on lower wrapper
Weedon, M.J.P. Richard Johnson and the successors to John Newbery (The Library, 5th ser., v. 4, no. 1, June 1949, 25-63)
Topic: Greece -- History To 146 B.C
California Digital Library
by Stowe, Harriet Beecher, 1811-1896
texts
eye 3,617
favorite 1
comment 0
Publisher's green printed wrappers. Purchase, Robert Allen Books, 1990
Topics: Master and servant, Slavery, Christian life
Young Research Library Department of Special Collections
by Naiditch, P. G; University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections
texts
eye 3,611
favorite 1
comment 0
"An exhibition in the University Research Library, January 2-March 31, 1996" -- T.p. verso
Topics: Housman, A. E. (Alfred Edward), 1859-1936, Housman, A. E. (Alfred Edward), 1859-1936, CHR 1996
Topic: Conduct of life
California Digital Library
texts
eye 3,543
favorite 3
comment 0
Publisher's printed tan stiff wrappers with illustrations on upper and lower wrappers
Topic: Birds
Spec. Coll. copy 1 : Yellow illustrated wrappers; 2 wood-engravings each on upper ("Darton"/"man climbing ladder") and lower ("fox hunt"/"burning ship"). Ex libris Elvah Karshner and Olive Percival
Topics: Riddles, Zodiac
Evans
Topics: Children -- Conduct of life, Epigrams
The story of Fortunio, the fortunate knight -- The story of perfect love -- The story of the Princess Rosetta -- The curious story of the white mouse -- The story of Princess Verenata -- The story of Florio and Florella
Topic: Conduct of life
California Digital Library
by Cooke, Flora J. (Flora Juliette), 1864-1953
texts
eye 3,470
favorite 9
comment 0
Quarter brown cloth and buff printed paper over boards
Topics: Children's stories, Mythology, Nature stories
California Digital Library
by Whymper, Edward, 1840-1911
texts
eye 3,458
favorite 5
comment 0
Publisher's blue printed wrappers; wrappers affixed with cellophane tape
Topics: Stowaways, Packets -- England, Isle of Man -- Juvenile literature
California Digital Library
texts
eye 3,452
favorite 4
comment 0
Publisher's yellow printed and color-illustrated wrappers; publisher's advertisement on lower wrapper
Topics: Giants, Giants
Osborne Coll.
Topic: Children's poetry, English
Half red sheep and Spanish marbled paper over boards; spine tooled in gold; edges sprinkled in red
Topics: Conduct of life, Christian life, Obedience, Filial piety
California Digital Library
by Wyss, Johann David, 1743-1818; Kingston, William Henry Giles, 1814-1880
texts
eye 3,428
favorite 7
comment 1
Red brown cloth over bevelled boards blocked in blue, black, brown, and gold; all edges gilt
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
California Digital Library
by Crofts, John; Browne, Gordon, 1858-1932; Cooper, James Davis, 1823-1904
texts
eye 3,426
favorite 7
comment 0
BLC
Topic: Children's stories
California Digital Library
texts
eye 3,412
favorite 16
comment 0
Osborne Coll.
Topics: Children's stories, Coloring books
Lacks binding? In folder
Topic: Children -- Conduct of life
Weedon, M.J.P. Richard Johnson and the successors to John Newbery (The Library, 5th ser., v. 4, no. 1, June 1949, 25-63)
Topics: America -- Discovery and exploration Spanish, America -- Early accounts to 1600, Peru -- History...
Brown cloth over boards. Inscriptions on paste-downs. Rare bookseller's blurb pasted on upper paste-down
Topic: Animals
California Digital Library
by Barker, Sale, Mrs., 1841-; Weir, Harrison, 1824-1906; Dalziel, Edward, 1817-1905; Dalziel, George, 1815-1902; Sears, Matthew Urlwin, b. ca. 1800
texts
eye 3,341
favorite 10
comment 0
Red morocco-grain cloth over boards, blocked in black and gold with square paper onlay printed in colors
Topics: Children's stories, Illustrated children's books, Pictures
Roscoe, S. Newbery
Topics: Youth -- Conduct of life, Natural history
Half brown calf and teal marbled paper over boards
Topics: Conduct of life, Natural history, World history
California Digital Library
by Aulnoy, Madame d' (Marie-Catherine), 1650 or 51-1705; Perrault, Charles, 1628-1703
texts
eye 3,291
favorite 22
comment 2
[v. 1] Prince Desire and Princess Mignonetta -- The beneficent frog / Madame d'Aulnoy -- Blanch and Vermilion -- Toads and diamonds / Charles Perrault -- Graciosa and Percinet / Madame d'Aulnoy -- The Princess Maia / Madame d'Aulnoy -- [v. 2] The white cat -- The master cat, or, Puss in Boots -- Babiola -- Prince Cherry -- [v. 3] Princess Rosetta / Madame d'Aulnoy -- Little Red Riding-Hood / Charles Perrault -- The sleeping beauty in the wood / Charles Perrault -- The fair one with the golden...
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Evans. Amer. bibl.
Osborne Coll.
Topics: Christian literature for children, Children's poetry
Young Research Library Department of Special Collections
by University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Dept. of Special Collections; Wolf, A. (Abraham), 1876-1948; Internationaal Antiquariaat (Menno Hertzberger & Co.)
texts
eye 3,258
favorite 1
comment 0
"Edition of one hundred copies"--Colophon
Topics: Spinoza, Benedictus de, 1632-1677, University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Dept. of Special...
California Digital Library
texts
eye 3,220
favorite 4
comment 0
Publisher's buff printed wrappers; woodcuts on upper and lower wrappers
Topic: Domestic animals
Half red morocco and red cloth over boards. Final leaves water-stained
Topics: Conduct of life, China -- Social life and customs Juvenile literature
Gumuchian
Topic: Children -- Conduct of life
California Digital Library
texts
eye 3,215
favorite 8
comment 1
No. 1 in a collection of sixteen, in two slipcases. [Japanese fairy tale collection]
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Wealth, Devil, Folklore -- Japan
BLC
Topics: Illustrated children's books, Gift books, Children's stories, English
Imperfect copy: all after p.62 wanting
Topics: Nature, Animals
Quarter brown sheep and blue marbled paper over boards, in case
Topic: Mother and child
California Digital Library
texts
eye 3,157
favorite 3
comment 0
Publisher's orange and red illustrated wrappers; publisher's advertisement on lower wrapper
Topic: Domestic animals
California Digital Library
by Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888; Morse, W. H
texts
eye 3,132
favorite 3
comment 0
Blanck. Bib. of Amer. lit.
Topics: Friendship, Young women -- Conduct of life
California Digital Library
by Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790
texts
eye 3,119
favorite 5
comment 0
Marbled wrappers with the label "H.Raymond Barnett" pasted on upper wrapper. Ex libris Olive Percival
Topics: Success, Aphorisms and apothegms, Maxims, American, Conduct of life
Roscoe, S. Newbery (1992)
Topic: Conduct of life
Publisher's buff printed wrappers
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topic: Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821
Half brown calf and teal marbled paper over boards
Topics: Conduct of life, Natural history, World history
Young Research Library Department of Special Collections
by Luckenbill, Dan; University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
texts
eye 3,068
favorite 0
comment 0
Bibliography: p. 14
Topic: Mexican Americans
Young Research Library Department of Special Collections
by Dulaure, J.-A. (Jacques-Antoine), 1755-1835
texts
eye 3,054
favorite 2
comment 0
Each volume published separately, under its special title, in 1805. cf. Bibl. nat., Cat. gén
Topics: Religion, Fetishism, Phallicism
California Digital Library
by Philip, Uncle, 1798-1866
texts
eye 3,053
favorite 3
comment 0
Brown cloth over boards, blocked in blind; spine stamped in gold
Topics: Hudson, Henry, d. 1611, Explorers, America -- Discovery and exploration British, Northwest Passage...
Publisher's tan printed stiff wrappers; publisher's advertisement on lower wrapper
Topics: Conduct of life, Children's stories, English
California Digital Library
texts
eye 3,046
favorite 5
comment 0
The fox and the cock -- The giant and the dwarf -- The partridge and her young -- The cock and the jewel -- The dog and the shadow -- The dog and the rat -- The beaver and the fly -- The peaches -- The canary-bird and the wasp -- The quarrel among the beasts -- The dog with his master's dinner -- The pigs
Topic: Conduct of life
Red wave-patterned wrappers
Welch, D.A. Amer. children's books
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Chapbooks, American, Conduct of life
California Digital Library
by Pletsch, Oscar, 1830-1888; Heaton, Charles, Mrs., 1836-1883
texts
eye 3,030
favorite 10
comment 0
Washing baby -- Infancy -- Spitz's education -- The organ boy -- Margaret's garden -- Little May -- Our baby-boy -- Little brook -- Pussy, dear pussy -- Margaret's music -- Summer-time -- First love -- The army's return -- Lady Tabbyskin's ball -- Off to the war -- The fall -- A village maid was I -- The old mill -- Little Daisy
Topics: Illustrated children's books, Children's poetry, English
Moon, M. Harris
Topics: Conduct of life, Amusements, Children's stories
Industry and idleness -- Gold -- Iron -- The old travellers -- Coal -- The horse -- The letter -- The Quaker -- A striking example of anger, revenge, fear, justice, honour, and heroism, exemplified by the following story -- Analogy between plants and animals
Topics: Hogarth, William, 1697-1764, Conduct of life, Zoology, Animal behavior, Ores
Topics: Adulterations, Liquors
California Digital Library
texts
eye 2,979
favorite 5
comment 0
Spec. Coll. copy 1: Printed orange wrappers. Ex libris Olive Percival
Topic: Hercules (Roman mythology)
Rosenbach, A.S.W. Children's books
California Digital Library
by Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790; Short, Bob; Short, Bob; Short, Bob
texts
eye 2,972
favorite 6
comment 0
The way to wealth / Richard Saunders -- How to make much of little / B. Short -- Alphabetical maxims / selected by Bob Short
Topics: Success, Aphorisms and apothegms, Maxims, American, Conduct of life
Osborne Coll.
Topics: Christian ethics, Conduct of life
Dutch floral paper over boards; rebacked. In slipcase, with spine title: Youth's pocket library, 1797
Topics: Children's stories, English, Dogs
Tan wrappers; woodcut illustrations on outer wrappers: "A tinker", upper, and "A Jew", lower
Topics: Boys -- Conduct of life, Conduct of life
California Digital Library
by Dalziel, Edward, 1817-1905; Dalziel, George, 1815-1902
texts
eye 2,948
favorite 28
comment 0
The farm yard alphabet -- Tom Thumb's alphabet -- The child's book of trades -- Little stories for good children
Topics: Gift books, Illustrated children's books, Children's stories, English
Multicolored embossed wrappers